At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders […]

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Air France and Summertime

David’s father was returning from Thailand this morning and he made it safely to Paris. Then Air France decided to go on strike, so his flight to Geneva was cancelled, as well as all other flights within France until MONDAY. They’ve also cancelled several international flights. So papa had to rush to Gare de Lyon […]

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Rugby World Cup

David has been watching the France vs. New Zealand (which I’m told is the best team, or is it South Africa?) rugby game for the past two hours. Apparently they just won. I have no idea what this means. But David says they are now in the semi-finals. I tried watching the last few minutes, […]

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La Poste

I have a love/hate relationship with the post office in France. On the one hand, their trucks are a cute yellow color and the new cow stamps are so adorable. Seriously, there’s one cow singing “Ne meuuh quitte pas…” and another says “Oh, mais quel joli timbre!” (Ne me quitte pas means don’t leave me; […]

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Please enter the 21st century, France.

David did another concours test today so he can find a new job. He had to use the Minitel in order to take it! The Minitel. Which was popular in the 80’s. Apparently the direction du travail has not heard of the actual internet… Then I saw this dude on the news tonight. He’s Bernard […]

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Customer Serwhat?

I hate you, French customer service. It’s as if you don’t even exist here. Oh Conforama, why did it take two weeks instead of a few days to give us our new bookcase? The receipt clearly stated we could pick it up the 23rd of AUGUST, not the 7th of SEPTEMBER. What’s that? You want […]

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The Rudeness.

There’s one type of French people that I cannot stand. Those people who think they have every right to tell you that what you are doing/thinking is not right. They are nosy, pushy, and they jump to conclusions too fast and too often. They are condescending, arrogant, and just plain mean. I hate these people. […]

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Cosette no more

I took my new kitty to the vet today to get checked out, only to discover to that she is a he. The vet even had a hard time telling that it was male, but yeah, my Cosette needed a new name. Apparently in France, you’re supposed to name your pets according to which Letter […]

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Drinky drinks.

Why is there no plain iced tea in France??? I do not want your stupid Peach-flavored Ice Tea, Lipton. Can’t you sell anything else in this country? I can’t even find regular green tea in the store. Some people don’t like mint or lemon! ::sigh:: And why do so many people like drinking l’eau pétillant […]

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Food confusion

Last night, David decided he wanted to make fajitas. So we went to Leclerc and finally found the tiny international section (international meaning Mexican and Chinese). There was one brand of fajita mix, Tex-Mex something, so we grabbed it and started collecting the other ingredients… onion, pepper, chicken… and corn? I never ate Mexican food […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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